Vaginal yeast infection
Causes, Symptoms and Prevention
type of fungus is present in our vaginas. If the number of yeast cells
start to grow, they cause a vaginal yeast infection. Women may feel
itchy in their vagina; feel burning sensation when urinate or have
intercourse, the skin at the opening of your vagina becomes red and
irritated. Most women also have a whitish, odorless vaginal discharge;
similar to cottage cheese. A vaginal yeast infection may be a cause
of great irritation but the good news is that it is not serious and can be
treated quite easily.
have never had these symptoms before it is best to go see a doctor first,
to make sure that it is a vaginal yeast infection and not some STD
or a bacterial infection. Most of the yeast infections are caused by a
type of yeast called Candida. The imbalance in presence of Candida can be
due to hormonal changes, taking antibiotics, being pregnant, diabetes and
HIV infections. If you are not pregnant or do not have any other medical
condition yeast infections can be easily treated by using antifungal
ointments or vaginal suppositories. Most women may see the symptoms appear
just before their menstrual periods are about to start.
cases the vaginal yeast infection clears
out on its own. When you are using any anti fungal cream or ointment, try
switching to sanitary pads instead of using tampons, as the tampons will
dry any ointment that you have applied. If your symptoms don’t clear up
after ten to fifteen days, consult your gynecologist again. He/ she may
than prescribe antifungal tablets. If you get a vaginal infection, you may
already be feeling slight discomfort in having sex. If you are using
antifungal ointments, using birth control such as condoms or diaphragms is
not such a good idea. The oils in the antifungal ointments may break the
latex, meaning you are no longer protected from unwanted pregnancy or
STDs. Although vaginal yeast infections are not sexually transmitted, but
there are chances that your partner can catch it. So it is better to avoid
sex for a few days.
infections are easy to prevent. You need to ensure that you don’t wear wet
clothes, and dry yourself thoroughly after a shower. Candida grows in
moist areas, so by not drying yourself you are giving an invitation to
Candida growth. You should avoid all manmade materials and stick to cotton
underwear. If you can, then try to sleep without wearing panties; but if
you absolutely can’t sleep without underwear then switch to cotton shorts
or girl boxers. Avoid tight fitted pants, jeans and exercise wear. Make
sure you change immediately after working out or any other activity which
makes you sweat. Some women may also get itchy by wearing nylon pantyhose.
This itchiness could just be the start of a vaginal yeast infection.
If so, avoid wearing them.
these infections are actually more common then you know and there is no
need to be embarrassed. So if you see any signs go see your doctor before
the Candida growth gets out of hands.
Vaginal yeast infection treatment
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